Me: *listening to random Japanese song*
Person-X: “Which anime did you hear that from?”
It’s not like I don’t get where people are coming from when they ask me from which anime did I hear n song – with ‘n’ really being any Japanese song. It was through anime where I first heard songs in Japanese that I genuinely liked. I just reached a point in life where I can appreciate Japanese music for what it is – simply, music.
Some people would argue, why listen to that all the time when you don’t understand it? And it’s true, I barely understand most of the songs I listen to on a regular basis. But isn’t that the same for all music? I mean, do people really internalize each line of lyric as they listen to a song in their native tongue? Because I sure don’t. I would even go so far as to say that music is not so much understood, but felt. And if it feels good, then we keep listening. That’s all there is to it.
I’ve always been a believer of the idea that if there’s anything that man has made that can transcend the language barrier, then surely it’s music. But why Japanese music, among all foreign music? Just a matter of preference on my part. Some of the genres that I like (shoegaze, electro-rock) work really well, in my opinion at least, with Japanese singing styles – female Japanese singers in particular. It’s also a language that I’m more or less comfortable hearing, as compared to other languages that I am not as exposed to.
So what exactly do I listen to? Well..
As I mentioned earlier, we all start one way or another from anime. In my case I began listening to SCANDAL after FMA: Brotherhood.
After a while I started looking into other bands I could follow, which led me to 相対性理論 (Soutaiseiriron lit. Theory of Relativity). Anime fans would be more familiar when I say that it’s a band that has Etsuko Yakushimaru as the lead vocals.
My favorite band at the moment is きのこ帝国 (Kinoko Teikoku lit. Mushroom Empire), for many reasons. First and foremost being I fell in love with the voice of lead vocalist Sato-san. I can’t really describe it, but something about her singing is just.. *sighs*
Lastly, I suppose you’d notice that so far I’ve been featuring female lead vocals, and well, yeah, that’s the majority of my playlist – with indigo la End being one of the few exceptions.
Give ’em a listen. Don’t worry if you don’t understand the words (although it’s a neat bonus in itself if you do) For now just feel the music, I guess😀